During the 2000 presidential elections, Salgado became the first Hispanic reporter in South Florida to unveil the flaws in the voting system in Palm Beach. As a result, she became a reporter for Telemundo's National Newscast, focusing on health, finance topics and breaking news. She continued to anchor for Telemundo International.
In 2001, she was part of the Telemundo team during the coverage of the September 11th attacks. She was also one of the first reporters in the Hispanic market to access the Islam community. Her participation in the news coverage was honored by the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences. When Telemundo's news magazine, Sin Fronteras, was created in light of the 9/11 attacks, she was chosen to be one of the correspondents for the investigative program. In 2005, her work was recognized with the prestigious Dalton Pen Award, which for the first time was given to a Spanish-speaking program.
During the war in Iraq, Mariela Salgado put
herself through rigorous military trainings with soldiers of the Third-Infantry
Division in Hinesville, Georgia.
Salgado has interviewed prominent figures, celebrities like Shakira and Mana and political figures like ex Salvadorian president, Francisco Flores; Guatemalan president, Jorge Berger; Honduran president, Ricardo Maduro and controversial ex president of Argentina, Carlos Menem.
In 2004, Salgado became one of the few Hispanic reporters in Telemundo to crossover and report for NBC'S Nightly News.
Mariela Salgado received a Bachelor of Arts degree
in broadcast journalism at Florida International University and has been
distinguished by the Golden Key Honors Society. She is often invited by FIU
to give advice to students on investigative reporting.
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